Programs at Casa Werma


Thankful: Deepening our Capacity for Appreciation

con Acharya Eve Rosenthal

November 23 - 30, 2019
Casa Werma
Using the methods of meditation, contemplation, conversation, and Critical Appreciative Inquiry, we will deepen our capacity for appreciation, share delicious foods and specialties of the region with new friends, and explore the scenic town of Patzcuaro and the lake region.

From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism

con Acharya Martin (Marty) Janowitz

December 14 - 19, 2019
Casa Werma
This is a time when uncertainty, menace, and perhaps defenselessness are vivid sensations in our world, affecting us, others, and our environment near and far. What can we do as practitioners to be a force for peace, safety and compassion? What could enlightened engagement, protection and activism mean? The goal of this program is to stimulate and challenge us to engage powerfully and creatively in the emergence of a truly sustainable and basically good world - supporting, enduring and enriching personal communal and global pathways.

Women’s Wisdom Weekthun

con Shastri Sandra Ladley

January 25 - February 1, 2020
Casa Werma
This retreat is for women to come together in a beautiful setting surrounded by lush gardens to experience deep meditation practice, sacred community and creative expression. We will have the opportunity to connect deeply with ourselves with the aspiration to return home refreshed with the strength, passion and personal alignment to meet these challenging times with an open heart and mind.

Joyful Wisdom: A Maitri-Mahamudra Retreat for Older Women

con Acharya Susan Gillis Chapman

February 8 - 15, 2020
Casa Werma
Let's warm up the space of traditional mahamudra investigations by compassionately exploring, healing and transforming the juicy and challenging emotions triggered by our life stories.

Yeshe Tsogyal: The Inseparable Union of Feminine and Masculine Principles

con Acharya Melissa Moore

February 29 - March 7, 2020
Casa Werma
This week-long practice intensive will evoke and celebrate the life and teachings of Yeshe Tsogyal.

Limitless Ayatanas: Scorpion Seal and Werma Practice Intensive

con Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

March 17 - 24, 2020
Casa Werma
Discovering the Sacredness of Sense Perceptions through the Werma Sadhana. One of the most provocative teachings in the Werma Sadhana is that our ayatanas, or sense gates, are limitless. This program introduces the profundity of these teachings through Werma practice, talks, and guided sensory exercises drawn from the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. We will also explore how to manifest Werma practices in our daily lives.

EcoDharma: Rediscovering Our Environmental Wisdom

con Dr. Pasquale Verdicchio and Mayela Manasjan

April 4 - 9, 2020
Casa Werma
In this program we will explore the links between ecology and dharma through a variety of readings, meditation, and contemplation exercises. We will also learn about our climate crisis, evaluate our personal carbon emissions and create our own compassionate climate action plans.

Riding the Energy of Emotions

con Acharya Dale Asrael

April 15 - 22, 2020
Casa Werma
Our human emotions can be a spiral of confusion or a vehicle of awakening. This retreat engages practices drawn from Buddhist meditation which reveal the wisdom inherent within the direct experience of emotional energy. Meditation, contemplative movement, inquiry, and exploration of sense perceptions form the basis of this retreat.